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San Diego County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Proposition D
Change to Charter City
City of El Cajon

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 6,818 / 58.2% Yes votes ...... 4,898 / 41.8% No votes

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Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall the City of El Cajon be changed from a general law city to a charter city through the adoption of the charter proposed by Resolution No. 22-12 of the El Cajon City Council?

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
A "yes" vote will be in favor of adopting the charter.

A NO vote on this measure means:
A "no" vote will be opposed to adopting the charter.

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
Measure D proposes the adoption of a charter for the City of El Cajon.

Cities in California fall into two categories - general law cities and charter cities. El Cajon is a general law city.

As a general law city, El Cajon is controlled by applicable state laws. If residents adopt the charter, El Cajon would become a charter city and would be able to adopt ordinances on matters of local concern without having to seek authority under state law.

Areas of local concern include public bidding and contracting requirements, some zoning matters, establishment of election dates, personnel matters and procedures and establishment of procedures for adopting city ordinances.

Laws related to employer-employee relations, conflicts of interest, environmental protection, governmental transparency through availability of public records and open meeting laws, are some examples of matters of statewide concern that would still apply to the City after adoption of a charter. The California and United States Constitutions apply to both general law and charter cities.

The key provisions of the charter include the following:

The City is granted all powers that may be exercised in a charter city over its municipal affairs, and further provides that all local laws not in conflict with the charter remain in effect unless repealed, amended, changed or superseded.

The existing Council/City Manager form of government is preserved. The voter-approved method of electing a Mayor is retained.

The City is exempted from state statutes regulating public contracting and purchasing except as provided by: the charter, an ordinance, or an agreement approved by the City Council. Public Works contracts with a total value of $50,000 or less will be exempt from public bidding and follow procedures for open market hiring of contractors, or purchase of supplies, set by the City Council. The City Council will establish all aspects of the bidding, award, and performance of Public Works contracts greater than $50,000.

The charter would prohibit the City Council from requiring the payment of prevailing wages on City public works contracts unless prevailing wages are: required by state or federal grants or laws, the contract does not involve a municipal affair or is paid for (in whole or in part) using state or federal funds, or the contract requiring the payment of prevailing wages is authorized by the City Council.

The City Council is allowed to establish the maximum amount of civil fines or penalties up to $2,500 for each day of a violation.

The salaries of the Mayor and Councilmembers will continue to be set by state law. The Mayor's and Councilmembers' salaries will remain in place until changed in accordance with provisions of Section 601 of the charter.

The charter may be adopted, amended or repealed by majority vote of the electorate.

  News and Analysis

UT San Diego

East County Magazine Partisan Information

Yes on D
El Cajon Charter City: Proposition D

No on D
This is an article written for the East County Democratic Club by the co-presidents as their monthly message.

Arguments Against Proposition D
Arguments against the proposed charter for City of El Cajon
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Arguments For Proposition D Arguments Against Proposition D
Vote Yes on El Cajon Charter

Join the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and community and business leaders in supporting the El Cajon Charter which protects taxpayers and ensures greater local control of our city's budget.

El Cajon's Charter will:

  • Help the city potentially save millions of dollars
  • Promote fair and open competition for all city construction projects
  • Allow greater protection from unfair State revenue grabs and unfunded mandates by Sacramento politicians
  • Provide maximum constitutional authority over municipal affairs
  • Continue our existing "Council-Manager" form of government

Charter City Benefits Taxpayers

The San Diego County Grand Jury issued a formal report recommending that consider El Cajon switching from a general law city, governed by state law, to a charter form which provides greater local control. Currently, 120 cities in California have adopted charters. Our new charter will:
  • Reduce local construction costs, making more funding available for road repair, parks and libraries
  • Ensure greater efficiency in city government; that means better public safety services
  • Charter reduces control of Sacramento politicians
  • Tough limits on politicians' pay raises

More Local Control

The citizens of El Cajon understand the needs of our city and how our local government should operate far better than Sacramento politicians. El Cajon citizens can take control of local priorities by voting to become a charter city.

The state government imposes mandates and constraints on our local citizens and has dictated how to spend OUR tax dollars. The Charter means El Cajon citizens maintain more control over the city's future.

Vote YES for more efficient city government - Vote YES on Proposition D

For more information:

Lani Lutar
President/CEO, San Diego
County Taxpayers Assn.
Mario Tilaro
Greg Brown
President, New West
Investment Group
Joe Mackey
Past Chairman
East County Chamber of Commerce
Clifford Diamond
El Cajon Chief of Police (retired)

No argument against the proposition was filed in the office of the City Clerk of El Cajon.

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